Special Issue "The Governance of Social Innovation for a Sustainable Economy: Requirements, Actors and Approaches"
A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 December 2019).
Achieving a sustainable economy is both a challenge and an opportunity for business, politics, and society as a whole. To date, technologies and improvements in efficiency have been considered key to reducing emissions and resource depletion. Accordingly, innovation policies are of central importance in governance approaches for sustainable development. However, there are many indications that technological fixes will not be sufficient.
Therefore, social innovations are expected to complement technological innovations. Business models have developed with the aim of replacing unsustainable social practices by fostering and commercializing social innovations.
In order to support a more systematic uptake and the broader diffusion of social innovations, it is necessary to have supporting governance mechanisms in place. These differ from governance approaches for other innovations: they require different innovation policies, infrastructures, networks, etc. At the same time, different providers of governance are conceivable (governments, private business, networks). However, so far there is little knowledge regarding what governance arrangements for social innovation could look like.
To gather findings in this regard, we invite you to submit contributions addressing the following research questions:
- Frameworks for the governance of social innovation: What are governance approaches for social innovation? How do they differ from current approaches for governing processes of innovation? Who are the providers of governance functions?
- Evaluation of social innovations and their contribution to a sustainable economy: How do social innovations contribute to a sustainable economy? How could and what framework conditions would be necessary for their upscaling and broader diffusion to further increase their impact?
- Case studies of social innovation: What are framework conditions, governance approaches and policy instruments for fostering the development and diffusion of cases of social innovations, that help analyze theoretical frameworks?
Dr. Klaus Jacob
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- Social Innovation
- Innovation Policy
- System of Innovation
- Governance for Sustainable Development
- Sustainable Economy